oa Alternation - Development pressures and management constraints in the coastal zone-the case of KwaZulu-Natal North Coast

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Coastal zones worldwide are becoming attractive locations for economic, tourist and residential development. Chua (1993 cited in Shi et al. 2001:2) states that 50% of the world's population inhabits the coastal zone, which represents approximately 10% of the earth's surface. According to Carter (1988), many coastal populations show signs of growth rates that are expanding faster than national populations. In addition to this permanent (somewhat predictable) population, coasts experience seasonal 'booms' in large transient populations-the tourists (French 1997). The element of unpredictability is highlighted in that tourist development differs from others in terms of intensity and number of people located in an area, at any given period of time, resulting in concentrated impacts (French 1997). The increase in leisure time and demand for facilities, has witnessed significant portions of the world's coasts having become committed to tourist development.

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